Dating game economics
Lesson learned for guys: hold off on the big ticket items and you will find rewards.
In Part II, we'll look at how women use other signals, in the area of male sexual behavior, to decide mating strategies and whether to sleep with a guy From the "good" (ie, non-gold diggers) woman's perspective, theater tickets or fancy dinners are nice because they show true interest and weed out the less successful guys.
The study found that guys were able to avoid gold diggers and connect to women who were into them and eventually willing to have sex by offering extravagant yet valueless gifts most of the time with a valuable gift occasionally thrown in.Gift giving to win over a woman's heart and body is a loser's game, something you do when you have little else to give.Gifts are for much later in the relationship, when they are an accompaniment to the life you share. The idea germinated into a study that had as its thesis that costly but essentially valueless gifts, like expensive dinners or limo rides, facilitate courtship but gifts with real value, like paying the rent, giving jewelry, or cold hard cash may bring on unwelcome "gold diggers" like the woman in the newspaper. The study found that guys were able to avoid gold diggers and connect to women who were into them and eventually willing to have sex by offering extravagant yet valueless gifts most of the time with a valuable gift occasionally thrown in.Now you're probably wondering what on earth does game theory have to do with dating and sex? In fact, scientists and mathematicians have been studying mating from this perspective for the last 20 years.Game theory, to recap, is a type of applied mathematics that has been used extensively in evolutionary biology and economics.
Of course this rule is now widely considered obsolete (as would be natural in any game).